Hi, my name is Liam and I am 5 years old. As you may know, I have been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for the past 2 years. On February 23, my family, friends and I will be walking in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Mall of America. I would really love it if you could donate to my team and/or join me in the walk and with my fundraising efforts.
Let me share with you what my life is like living with Type 1 Diabetes:
Every day, I need of a minimum of 4 insulin shots just to eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes, if I want to have a large snack, I have to get more shots to cover the carbohydrates I eat. I also have to poke my fingers 7-10 times a day to do blood glucose checks. Many times my mom and dad wake up to test me in the middle of the night. If my blood sugar is low, they have to wake me up and force me to drink juice or have some other type of sugar to get my numbers back in a safe range. I carry my insulin, syringes, blood glucose meter, test strips and emergency snacks with me everywhere I go.
When I am playing at the park with my friends, I must make sure I?ve eaten enough carbohydrates so my blood sugar doesn?t drop too low from all the exercise, causing me to get weak, dizzy, and funny-feeling. If I?m at a birthday party and want to eat cake, or just hanging out with friends and want a snack, I need to test my blood glucose level and get a shot before I can eat it.
Here is a note from my mom, Michelle:
On the outside, Liam is vibrant, easy-going, and incredibly accepting of the cards he?s been dealt, but as he gets older, we are hearing more angry phrases like, ?It isn?t fair that I have diabetes!? ; ?I want to eat things without getting shots,? ?These shots hurt and I hate them!? and ?I don?t want diabetes anymore!?
With Liam as our inspiration, we have become supporters of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) and are excited by the scientific strides being made towards a cure. Many within the organization and medical profession feel there will be a cure within Liam?s lifetime, maybe even within the next 10 years. However, this organization, and the research it supports, cannot continue to make such advances at a quick speed without funding.
Family and friends, I encourage you to sign up, donate, and come walk with us this year. Bring your friends, too! Our team, Team Liam: Crushing Out Diabetes (complete with a Monster Truck ?logo!?) wants to raise at least $1,500. I know that the Walk will be a great experience for Liam and I also know that YOU can make a difference by supporting kids and adults like him who live with the demands of Diabetes every day.
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